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Tony McManus

The Maker's Mark: The Dream Guitar Sessions

(Compass; US: 8 Dec 2008; UK: 8 Dec 2008)

The concept here makes intuitive sense. Pick a master acoustic guitar player, in this case Scottish master Tony McManus, and provide him with 15 of the finest handmade guitars currently produced. The result is a stunningly beautiful, contemplative record. McManus plays a different instrument on each song, save for the last track “Valse Des Belugas” in which he skillfully combines them all. Most of the cuts are Celtic in origin, but he also ventures out to play Eastern European, Asian, and African inspired music. McManus never shows off, but lets the tone of each guitar speak for itself and breathe, like a sommelier opening different vintages of wine. It’s easy to get pleasantly drunk on the result.

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Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on "Rock and Roll in America". He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman's neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.


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1 Aug 2013
Tony McManus is a wonderful acoustic guitar player. His arrangements of 10 well-known classical music pieces allow him to bring out their inherent loveliness.
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